Poets Out Loud Youth Program

A new initiative to empower young voices.

Use the power of the spoken word to share your story! In a new program starting in 2020, we’re running workshops for young people aged 12-24 in the Northern Rivers region, and showcasing fresh new voices in our Youth Poetry Slam.

Scroll down to the video library for examples of what we do.

YOUTH POETRY SLAM goes Digital!!!

Our first Youth Poetry Slam will happen online and there’s some epic prizes to be won.
Poets Out Loud Youth Slam is open to all young people residing in the Northern Rivers aged 12-24.This event will showcase fresh new voices from our Youth Program and beyond.

First prize $400 cash!!
• Enter as an individual or team
Send a Video of your poem to enter
• Tune in to the online event to see if you’ve won!


Share YOUR story.

Poets Out Loud Youth Program is…

Slam Poetry workshops are available for secondary schools and youth services. Working in teams, participants create their own slam poem with the guidance of our inspiring poet-mentors.
Epic prizes, all-star treatment and new connections: that’s what we offer young poets. This year you can get your poem professionally recorded and kickstart your creative career, all for free.
Being heard
Entries for the Youth Poetry Slam are published online, creating a global audience for your words, your story, and your school.

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What is Slam Poetry?

YOUR voice. YOUR words. YOUR story. A poetry slam is (usually) a live spoken word competition – but this year, we’re taking it online!

You have the chance to create a professional video clip of your spoken-word piece, or film yourself. Whatever it looks like, poetry slam is all about speaking up for what matters to YOU.

If you can rant, that’s poetry. If you can tell us what you think in 3 minutes or less, you need to enter the Youth Poetry Slam!

Check out the finalists in the Melbourne OutLoud EcoSlam for a taste of what you can achieve.

“Poetry has created a new way for me
to share my voice in a style I feel I
can be listened to.”

Jasmine Logan, 13 years, Bundjalung woman from the Coodjingburra clan. Youngest winner of Poets Out Loud slam.

Register your interest now for the Youth Poetry Slam. All registered entrants receive free mentoring and more great opportunities. Registration closes September 4 2020.


Want to host a poetry slam workshop? Participation in the Poets Out Loud Youth Program is open to secondary schools, organisations, and youth groups based in the Northern Rivers and Tweed regions.

A limited number of funded places in the 2020 program are available thanks to support from the Country Arts Support Program.

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Make a donation to help Poets Out Loud establish a sustainable program to empower young voices. Every dollar supports the next generation of poets.